This Young Woman Is Sharing Her Anorexia Journey on Instagram
Sarah Francati isn’t your average teenager. The 19-year-old college student from New York is sharing her recovery from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa on social media. And as a result, thousands of people are cheering her on while many others are seeking guidance.
“I made the account a year ago to keep myself focused,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “I was so surprised when people started to reach out to me because I never thought that anyone would even care. If I really think about [it], I’m 19. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a counselor; I’m just one girl. And the fact that there are women, there are men, there are teens coming to me, asking for help — that is huge to me. I can’t ask for anything else.”
At the request of her mother, Francati was admitted to the hospital during her freshman year of high school when her weight plummeted to 80 pounds. After counselors asked that she leave a recovery center because of her inability to follow the program — “It was awful! I would tell them I was allergic to food, I was vegan, I would cut as many corners as I could not to eat anything”—Francati moved home, where she found relief by using The Maudsley Approach, which is an intensive outpatient treatment in which parents play an active, positive role in their child’s recovery.
“It was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,” she says. “I know that obviously it doesn’t work for everyone because some people need a hospital or a bigger wakeup call. But once my parents and siblings were involved, I felt that I wasn’t alone anymore. I had a support system and I wasn’t fighting this by myself. I had a team.”